Strange Games and Funky Things, Vol. 5

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
First, an attempt to clarify the unintended (?) titling confusion in BBE's Strange Games series. Strange Games and Things, assembled by the label's Peter Adarkwah, was released in 1997. The following year, there was Strange Games and Funky Things, another disc curated by Adarkwah. Released in 2001, the triple-disc Strange Games and Things bundled the first two discs and added a mix of those tracks from DJ Spinna. Kenny Dope then presented Strange Games and Funky Things, Vol. 3 in 2003. Adarkwah assembled Strange Funky Games and Things a couple years later. And this, released in 2010, is Strange Games and Funky Things, Vol. 5. Spinna, Adarkwah, and Jonathan Rau compiled ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
First, an attempt to clarify the unintended (?) titling confusion in BBE's Strange Games series. Strange Games and Things, assembled by the label's Peter Adarkwah, was released in 1997. The following year, there was Strange Games and Funky Things, another disc curated by Adarkwah. Released in 2001, the triple-disc Strange Games and Things bundled the first two discs and added a mix of those tracks from DJ Spinna. Kenny Dope then presented Strange Games and Funky Things, Vol. 3 in 2003. Adarkwah assembled Strange Funky Games and Things a couple years later. And this, released in 2010, is Strange Games and Funky Things, Vol. 5. Spinna, Adarkwah, and Jonathan Rau compiled this particular volume. Spinna supplies a 78-minute, 21-track mix, while 16 of the tracks are provided in unmixed form on a second disc. As is the case with the rest of the series, most of the material will not be familiar to those outside the small circle of expert crate-diggers and fiends of likeminded compilation series (Harmless' Life: Styles, for instance). The most popular of the lot here is likely the Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip," if only through its break, heard in dozens of rap, R&B, and dance songs, from "Paid in Full" to "Girl You Know It's True." Wood, Brass & Steel, anchored by Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald (future members of the Sugar Hill label house band), was one of several acts to reinterpret Ronnie Laws' jazz-funk classic "Always There"; those who grew up in and around Detroit during the '80s might recognize its geeky intro as the theme for the children's science program Kidbits. "Get It Up for Love" appears in its breezy folk-soul-rock original form, recorded by Ned Doheny; Tata Vega retooled the song for dancefloors in 1979, when it appeared on Motown. (In 1981, Chaka Khan did something similar with Doheny's "What Cha Gonna Do for Me.") Sylvia Saint James' soaring and mystical "Motherland," co-written by Lenny White, shares thematic and sonic qualities with the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" (not to mention a year of release, 1980). Other highlights come from Chicago soul legend Richard Evans, whose whirlwind, Linda Williams-led "Capricorn Rising" (also heard on 4hero's Life: Styles) is florid Latin jazz-funk in the best possible way, and Family Tree, whose "Family Tree" features Sharon Brown in mid-'70s form. Spinna's mixing is just fine, as usual, emphasizing the songs over showmanship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 730003115721
  • Catalog Number: 157
  • Sales rank: 351,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get It Up For Love - Ned Doheny (3:02)
  2. 2 Sweet Stuff - Sylvia (3:04)
  3. 3 I Ain't Got the Love (of One Girl On My Mind) - The Ambassadors (2:59)
  4. 4 Capricorn Rising - Richard Evans (2:09)
  5. 5 Body Fusion - Starvue (2:54)
  6. 6 Motherland - Sylvia Saint James (4:18)
  7. 7 Ashley's Roachclip - The Soul Searchers (6:21)
  8. 8 Groove On - Willie Hale (3:09)
  9. 9 Cameo - Eddy Senay (4:31)
  10. 10 Faded Lady - The S.S.O. Orchestra (3:35)
  11. 11 Morning - Cal Tjader (3:02)
  12. 12 Ramon's Desire - Francisco Aguabella (3:12)
  13. 13 For the Love of Money - Philly Armada Orchestra (4:13)
  14. 14 Family Tree - Family Tree (3:54)
  15. 15 The Hands of Time - Perfect Circle (5:06)
  16. 16 War is Coming, War is Coming - War (5:01)
  17. 17 Hunt Up Wind - Hiroshi Fukumura (3:38)
  18. 18 Always There - Wood Brass & Steel (4:44)
  19. 19 Asafo Beesuon/Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone [Medley] (3:43)
  20. 20 Gimme Shelter - Merry Clayton (3:02)
  21. 21 Brazilian Skies - Bill Summers (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get It Up For Love - Ned Doheny (4:43)
  2. 2 Sweet Stuff - Sylvia (4:16)
  3. 3 I Ain't Got the Love (of One Girl On My Mind) - The Ambassadors (2:31)
  4. 4 Capricorn Rising - Richard Evans (4:43)
  5. 5 Motherland - Sylvia Saint James (4:57)
  6. 6 Cameo - Eddy Senay (6:13)
  7. 7 Morning - Cal Tjader (3:30)
  8. 8 Ramon's Desire - Francisco Aguabella (4:12)
  9. 9 For the Love of Money - Philly Armada Orchestra (5:08)
  10. 10 Family Tree - Family Tree (4:42)
  11. 11 The Hands of Time - Perfect Circle (6:20)
  12. 12 War is Coming, War is Coming - War (6:57)
  13. 13 Hunt Up Wind - Hiroshi Fukumura (6:07)
  14. 14 Always There - Wood Brass & Steel (5:28)
  15. 15 Asafo Beesuon/Obaa Yaa Aye Me Bone [Medley] (3:57)
  16. 16 Brazilian Skies - Bill Summers (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Spinna Primary Artist
Linda Williams Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer
Mick Jagger Composer
Lee Oskar Composer
Hiroshi Fukumura Composer
Lenny White Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Al Goodman Producer
Ned Doheny Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Sharon Brown Composer, Producer
Teddy Edwards Composer
Clare Fischer Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Jerry Goldstein Producer
Roland Kluger Producer
Doug Lucas Composer
Skip McDonald Producer
C. Miller Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Sylvia Robinson Producer
Harold Sargent Producer
Gerry Shury Arranger
Otha Stokes Producer
C. Walker Composer
Harry Ray Producer
Eddy Senay Composer
Jake Holloway Graphic Design, Art Direction
Bobby Martin Arranger
Linda Williams Composer
S. Allen Composer
Judy Davis Composer
Shawn Joseph Mastering
Clarence Johnson Composer, Producer
Larry Dunn Orchestra Producer
Jimmy Bishop Producer
Lloyd Ashley Pinchback Composer
M. Dickerson Composer
B. Mason Composer
H. Scott Composer
L. White Composer
L. Jordan Composer
The Contempo Family Producer
Riccardo Williams Executive Producer
Richard Evans Producer
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